HOW TO: Make a System Tray Icon in Java in 3 Steps

to Create System Tray we need 3 things:


2) Menu Items

3)  TrayIcon

Step # 1 :-

so, i will start with PopupMenu

PopupMenu popMenu= new PopupMenu(); 

Step # 2 :-

now we go to step #2 creating menu items, every menu have menu items that you click on it

MenuItem item1 = new MenuItem("Exit");  //here i created menu item named item1 and the text will appear in this menu item is "Exit"

i will make only one item to make it simple, now we created MenuItem, it is time to add it to the Menu itself

popMenu.add(item1);  //adding menu item to popMenu

Note: you can add ActionListener to item1 to execture an action when clicked

item1.addActionListener(this); //adding action listener to item1 

Step # 3 :-

creating TrayIcon object, for tray Icon Object we need 3 Parameters

1)Image to be the Icon

2) String to appear when you put mouse on it.

3) Menu to Appear when you right click on it.

we have the menu and we will pass the String during Object Creation, so we need image to be our Application Icon, so we will create Image Object and Pass the Image Location through Toolkit class

Image img =Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getImage("C:/java/cup.jpg");

then we create our TrayIcon Object

TrayIcon trayicon = new TrayIcon(img, "Application Name", popMenu);

now every Applications have Only One System tray, so it is time to add System Tray we created to current System.

SystemTray.getSystemTray().add(trayIcon); //you will need to throw AWTException if the Java Runtime cannot add  the icon to SystemTray

Here is the Full Source Code for System Tray:

 package systemtray;
import java.awt.AWTException;
import java.awt.Image;
import java.awt.MenuItem;
import java.awt.PopupMenu;
import java.awt.SystemTray;
import java.awt.Toolkit;
import java.awt.TrayIcon;

public class Main {

 public static void main(String[] args) throws AWTException {
 PopupMenu popMenu= new PopupMenu();
 MenuItem item1 = new MenuItem("Exit");
 Image img = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getImage("C:/java/cup.jpg");
 TrayIcon trayIcon = new TrayIcon(img, "Application Name", popMenu);
    • Andrey
    • November 14th, 2010


      • kebomix
      • November 15th, 2010

      you are welcome, hope it helped 🙂

    • sanda
    • April 8th, 2012

    Thanks bro…..

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